Spectacle Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
on Forest Road 250, 6 miles north of highway 17

There is fishing access to the Conejos River and Spectacle Lake. The lake is year round, with winter ice-fishing. Two sites have parking for two car groups. Both day and overnight use is permitted. The facility has 24 sites (13 sites are pull-through) with tables and fireplaces. Firewood is limited. Two vault type toilets, refuse containers and pickup. There is a developed water system with 2 hand pumps. Most sites have a panoramic view of towering cliff walls. No boating is allowed on Spectacle Lake. The Spectacle Lake Trail #730 begins 1/2 mile south on Forest Road 250. Ruybalid Trail 855 and Notch Trail 729 are also accessible.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed September 4, 2023. 
Fees: Single Site - $26 to $30.
$12 for day use (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Antonito
Water: No - water available at the Conejos campground
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1), Unknown Toilet (2)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Camp host may only be intermittently available. 

General Information

Directions: From Antonito, CO, take US 285 south 0.3 miles to Hwy 17. Continue straight on Rd. 17 and go 21.9 miles to Platoro sign (Forest Rd. 250). At sign, turn right onto Rd. 250 (dirt) and go 6.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 24 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

some sites can  accommodate units up to 40' in length

Status: Open

Lake and Pond Fishing

Spectacle Lake
Fish Species Browns \& Rainbow trout
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

Conejos River is a Gold Medal River. Please check Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations
Fish Species Browns \& Rainbow Trout
Special Designations Conejos River
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal

Day Hiking

#855 Ruybalid and 4 miles north on forest road 250 to #724 Lower Southfork, 1/2 mile south to # 729 Notch trail, which leads to # 731 Elk Creek Trail and # 727 Valle Victoria trail that ends at Trail Lake and intersects with the Continental Divide Trail.
Elevation desc #855-8,800 to 11,200 at Ruybalid Lake, #724-8,950 to 11,400 at Blue Lake, #729 8,700 to 9,650 to intersection with #727-9,950 to 12,000 at CDT
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife viewing
Species bear, deer, elk and birds
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Plants

Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Spectacular views along Forest road 250 of the Conejos Canyon and River.
Special Feature gravel and can be rough - Spectacle Lake
Difficulty Level: Easy


Scenic Driving

Spectacular scenery on forest road 250 including Conejos Canyon and River and Terrace Reservoir.
Vehicle Clearence gravel
Size Restrictions Intermediate
Corrals Intermediate

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